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Empirical Legal Studies Research Scholar


Meghan M. O’Neil is a Research Scholar at the Empirical Legal Studies Center. O'Neil's current research activities include collecting and analyzing data on the corrections fees imposed on individuals on parole and probation as part of Community Corrections Fines and Fees Project and collaborating with U of M faculty on designing and implementing Removing Barriers to Recovery, a project evaluating the effects of an innovative legal intervention in opioid treatment centers. She earned her MA in Quantitative Methods of the Social Sciences, magna cum laude, from Columbia University, where she was a Fellow at International House of NYC. After interning with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and working as a Senior Data Scientist for the NYC Department of Social Services and Merrill Lynch, she went on to earn a PhD in sociology from the State University of New York at Albany. Her dissertation used multilevel modeling to explore how protected attributes under the Fair Housing Act, such as race, were considered in mortgage underwriting, above and beyond applicant's ability-to-repay the mortgage and was published in Social Science Research and City & Community. O'Neil's evidence-based research seeks to provide tools to courts and law enforcement that make for better public policy.